Salary for Geodetic Surveyors

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Also known as:  City Surveyor, County Surveyor, Geodetic Surveyor, Geophysical Prospecting Surveyor, Land Surveyor, Mine Surveyor, Mineral Surveyor, Registered Land Surveyor, Topographical Surveyor helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Modern satellite technology, including global navigation satellite systems and light detection and range apparati are regular tools in the geodetic surveyor's trade. These professionals measure large portions of the Earth's surface, and verify mathematical data obtained in the survey process for accuracy. Their measurements help to determine exact elevations, volumes, contours, and other surface features. Strong mathematical, computer, and engineering skills are necessary for this profession. Normally, a Bachelor's degree is required, although in some cases field experience may be substituted.

A Geodetic Surveyor will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $37,690 and $109,010 based on education and experience. can earn an average compensation of seventy thousand two hundred and sixty dollars yearly.

can receive the highest pay in California, which has wages of close to about $97,650. People in this category of job can expect the highest salaries in Management of Companies and Enterprises, which has a compensation of $83,250.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 50.13 percent nationwide in that time.


Geodetic Surveyors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Management of Companies and Enterprises
Public Administration
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services